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As a parent, when your child starts to lose their baby it can be a very exciting time. By the time your child is three years old, all their baby teeth should be filled in. Around the first grade or so, it’s time for the baby teeth to start coming out. Although losing a tooth at this age is a natural occurrence, some parents aren’t sure what to do when it happens. When your child starts losing a tooth, here’s what to do:

Assure Your Child

Often times, children are excited to lose their first tooth. Many kids their age will begin to lose them and it will make it a very exciting time. Although many kids can be excited, some children may be worried about losing their baby teeth. It’s important to reassure your children that losing a tooth will not hurt and that will hardly feel it when it happens. This way, they won’t be scared to lose any teeth. 

Avoid Injury

With many children believing in the tooth fairy, they can get a little too excited about losing a tooth. If your child is very willing to lose their baby teeth, oftentimes they will do a lot to make it happen earlier than its supposed to. When a tooth is ready to come to loose, remind your child that wiggling the tooth is okay, but pulling it prematurely is bad. If a tooth is pulled out too soon, it can result in a broken root and is more susceptible to infection. To avoid this, make sure your child is only wiggling their tooth, not pulling on it. 

When Bleeding Occurs

When a child loses their tooth, bleeding is naturally going to occur. It may seem a little scary at first, but this is a natural part about losing a tooth. If you notice a little bleeding from the gums, let your child swish some water in their mouth. If this does not stop the bleeding, have them bite down on a towel or gauze. Bleeding isn’t anything to worry about and will typically come to a stop after an hour or so. 

Permanent Teeth

After they lose their baby tooth, expect to see a permanent one taking its place soon. Once a baby tooth has fallen out, you’ll have to wait a few weeks to see a permanent one budding through in its place. When new, permanent teeth come in, it’ll look odd at first. Remember that it’s perfectly normal for a new, permanent tooth to look big with pronounced ridges and a not-so-white color. As their permanent teeth come in, make sure they know to keep them clean and healthy. These are the teeth they will have forever.